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Cool Battles, Shame about the plots
on 15 October 2010
Mothra's jump to her own movies was clearly somehting fans of the monster genre wanted. Her popularity as a recurring enemy of Godzilla's brough her a legion of fans including myself. And so thus we have the Rebirth of Mothra films. The DVD combo has the first 2 films in the trilogy on one disc (flip side style). So I'll review both in order.
Rebirth of Mothra 1: The story focuses around a construction company or something tearing down a forest when they uncover in a mountain a strange seal. Once broken the seal attracts the attention of the always present little Fairies who guard Mothra. This also attracts a third Fairy whose not only evil but a complete bitch throughout the movie. The main human cast are the head of the construction project, his wife and two children who spend alot of the movie moaning about how they hate the other despite trying to run from certain danger. The Evil Fairy uses this seal to awake DesuGhidorah a obvious alternate version of the well known King Ghidorah. Turns out this Evil Fairy is the good fairies sister who hates humans (wow like weve never seen that before). The Good Fairies (they have names but they never had them before so why start now) call on Mothra to fight Ghidorah, also a Larva Mothra arrives to help its mother. Both Mothras are much more popwerful then their Godzilla fighting counterpart as now they shoot lasers and camoflague to hide themselves from DesuGhidorah. Of course as we find out the current Mothra is really old so we get this slightly touching death scene where the younger Mothra tries to save her but can't. This leads to te films final epic, but sadly very short battle (I guess the movie budget went to much into the first big fight). The Larva becomes a new form of Mothra known as Rainbow Mothra and battles DesuGhidorah.
The movies clear meant to be based as a family film for kids of certain ages, parents but also the monster movie fans. It spends msot of the movie trying to give out thsi message of how We're destroying nature and we need to protect it for future generations. This grates on your after a while if you bought this to see a Monster brawl. Some scenes in the film are sort of not needed, early on the Evil Fairy actually posses a little girl whilst she rides on her small mechanical dragon thing. Then we get a 10 minute scene of the Three Fairies riding their own monsters in a laser shooting match in someones house, its like Mothra meets Top Gun.
The human characters are forgettable, we got two annoying kids, over acting adults, family issues and all sorts. And personally many of us once again just want to see Monsters fight, is that so much to ask?
Rebirth of Mothra 2: Again this films suffers from too much plot and a major lack of monster battles. Once again its giving a message which is don't litter, they might as well added if we should give a hoot.
The films focuses around the Two Good fairies teaming up with three kids who live on a island, the main female (a little girl who wants to protect the environment, big surprise) and two idiots who are meant to be your typical boys who pretty much act like jerks. They are also joined by some strange little creature thats a cross between a Furbie and Gizmo from Gremlins. The Good Fairies ask the children to help find a sunken civilization (no not Atlantis) thus putting them in mortal danger for the good of the planet. Of coruse Evil Fairy is back and 'hires' two treasure hunters to help her find this sunken city for it is meant to contain Great Power. So the kids have to find this great treasure first of the evil fairy and her two greedy accomplices will do something evil which isn't really that original.
Oh yeah this a monster movie, well it turns out the civilization created a monster which feeds off garbage and goes on a attack spree. Naturally Mothra arrives to fight the good fight as the two go head to head in a battle of skill, wits and lasers. This leads to the final battle in the film which sees Mothra transform into a new form known as Metal Mothra.
Again this film was created to be a family movie so its got loads of messages like "don't littler", "protect the Earth", "Don't be greedy" and the one I made up myself "Don't help a evil fairy and threaten to kidnap and kill little children". Again the acting is terrible, the plot is forgettable, thank God two flying monsters start beating each other up.
Overall thoughts: The Mothra movies have good a bad points. Good points are the special effects, set designs, Monster suits, music and sound effects for the battles. The first has more explosion in it but the 2nd movie fight scenes are pretty decent. But like I've mention the bad points are anyone whose human, or a Fairy.
My overall though is that is is one for die hard monster movie fans only, if your more a Godzilla then a Mothra fan I'd stay clear.